Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists Wayne Rooney remains a big part of his plans despite dropping him to the bench.
United returned to winning ways with an impressive 4-1 win over Leicester City, but they did it without Rooney, who was named among the substitutes.
Goals from Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba’s first for the club gave the hosts a 4-0 half-time lead before Demarai Gray scored spectacular consolation for the reigning Premier League champions.
Speaking about Rooney, who was dropped to the bench, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “He’s a big player for me, a big player for United, a big player for this country.
“He’s my man, I trust him completely. He’s as happy as I am at this moment and that’s the team.
“It was a very good performance. It’s obviously a very good result, it’s not easy to win against them and even more difficult to win in such a comfortable way.
“I think the team played very well, you score four goals, and the striker doesn’t score a goal and I think the striker plays phenomenal.
“(Zlatan Ibrahimovic) Ibra played absolutely incredible in the way he started our pressure. My team as a team played very well.”